Bude Communities' Schools' Trust

On 1st November 2012, seven local Bude area schools formed a co-operative learning trust: ‘Bude Communities’ Schools’ Trust.

Seven local Bude Area schools, namely Bude Infant School, Bude Junior School, Budehaven Community School, Jacobstow Community Primary School, Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School, Stratton Primary School and Whitstone Community Primary School have  become foundation schools and jointly set up a trust: in this case a co-operative learning trust known as ‘Bude Communities’ Schools’ Trust. The trust has two founder partners working with the seven named schools. These are: Cornwall Council and The Co-operative Movement, represented in the interim by the Co-operative College.

The seven named schools have worked together for many years, and this has included the Bude Area Heads’ Group, the Bude Area Governors Network, Bude Area Primary Secretaries Group, the Bude Sports Partnership and the Bude Area Extended Services Network.

The two local church primary schools at Marhamchurch and Morwenstow are also working with us but are unable to be founder members of the Trust because they are already in the Diocesan Trust.


Headteachers, teachers, admin staff and governors from our schools meet together regularly to share ideas and to receive training. Children attending our schools often take part in activities organised by the schools together. This has helped all of our schools to improve by sharing best practice.


Although Bude Primary Academy has left the co-operative learning trust, we are still able to proactively works along our neighbours and as a collaborative cluster, this relationship has helped us to develop a common set of aims and values and enables us to support each other and our shared community.


The purpose of the proposed Trust continues to be to raise expectations and standards across the partnership and make our existing collaboration more sustainable.